Capital Gains Tax - Commercial property
The Chancellor’s announcement of the new “Entrepreneurs’ Relief” from 6 April 2008 appears to herald a marked change in the tax position of owners of commercial property.
Though the details have yet to be formalised, it seems that unless the property is let to the owner’s business – or to a company in which the owner has at least a 5% shareholding – the minimum tax rate on selling that property will increase to 18%.
Since 2000, anyone owning a commercial property used by an unquoted trading company would qualify for the higher rate of taper relief and could potentially pay only 10% capital gains tax on selling the property after two years.
It seems unlikely that this change will create a false market in such property before 6 April 2008 but there may be steps that can be taken to negate some of the impact of this effective tax increase in the time available.
Date: 29th January, 2008
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